Aleister Crowley in America: Art, Espionage, and Sex Magick in the New World [Hardcover]
Aleister Crowley in America: Art, Espionage, and Sex Magick in the New World [Hardcover]

Aleister Crowley in America: Art, Espionage, and Sex Magick in the New World [Hardcover]

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Tobias Churton (Author)

An exploration of Crowleyï¾’s relationship with the United States

ユ Details Crowleyメs travels, passions, literary and artistic endeavors, sex magick, and psychedelic experimentation

ユ Investigates Crowleyメs undercover intelligence adventures that actively promoted U.S. involvement in WWI

ユ Includes an abundance of previously unpublished letters and diaries

Occultist, magician, poet, painter, and writer Aleister Crowleyï¾’s three sojourns in America sealed both his notoriety and his lasting influence. Using previously unpublished diaries and letters, Tobias Churton traces Crowleyï¾’s extensive travels through America and his quest to implant a new magical and spiritual consciousness in the United States, while working to undermine Germanyï¾’s propaganda campaign to keep the United States out of World War I.

Masterfully recreating turn-of-the-century America in all its startling strangeness, Churton explains how Crowley arrived in New York amid dramatic circumstances in 1900. After other travels, in 1914 Crowley returned to the U.S. and stayed for five years: turbulent years that changed him, the world, and the face of occultism forever. Diving deeply into Crowleyメs 5-year stay, we meet artists, writers, spies, and government agents as we uncover Crowleyメs complex work for British and U.S. intelligence agencies. Exploring Crowleyメs involvement with the birth of the Greenwich Village radical art scene, we discover his relations with writers Sinclair Lewis and Theodore Dreiser and artists John Butler Yeats, Leon Engers Kennedy, and Robert Winthrop Chanler while living and lecturing on now-vanished モGenius Row.ヤ We experience his love affairs and share Crowleyメs hard times in New Orleans and his return to health, magical dynamism, and the most colorful sex life in America. We examine his controversial political stunts, his role in the sinking of the passenger ship Lusitania, his making of the モElixir of Lifeヤ in 1915, his psychedelic experimentation, his prolific literary achievements, and his run-in with Detroit Freemasonry. We also witness Crowleyメs influence on Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and rocket fuel genius Jack Parsons. We learn why J. Edgar Hoover wouldnメt let Crowley back in the country and why the FBI raided Crowleyメs organization in LA.

Offering a 20th-century history of the occult movement in the United States, Churton shows how Crowleyメs U.S. visits laid the groundwork for the establishment of his syncretic モreligionヤ of Thelema and the now flourishing OTO, as well as how Crowleyメs final wish was to have his ashes scattered in the Hamptons.

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